May 28 2009, 12:33 PM
Just wondering if anyone has had experience with any alternative therapies when trying to get their cycle regulated.
I am currently CD4 post a D&C for another missed miscarriage....we have now been trying for over 12 months to have another child...and now another 2 lost babies....well just heartbreaking.
Any way I am really looking into ways to try and get a more regular cycle...my cycles are quite erratic ranging from 30 something days to 50 odd.....never regular...making trying to predict ovulation time difficult. Now I am wondering if accupuncture might be worth a try and if it might even help AF return sooner after the D&C
May 28 2009, 01:05 PM
I have done acupunture and also seen a naturopath, however I didn't see them at the same time. The naturopath gave me some liquid herbs (its horrible vile stuff!) and it got me regulated within a few months. When I did acupunture it was when I was doing AC. I didn't actually have any success with that but I was still happy to do it and it made me a lot more relaxed
May 28 2009, 01:33 PM
i did acupunture for about 6 months and although im still not pregnant, i found it great to relax and really calm my body.
May 28 2009, 02:17 PM
After my second miscarriage (and subsequent D&C) my cycles went crazy. I stopped ovulating and suddenly had these long 40-days-plus cycles, whereas before I'd always been 28-days-predictable-down-to-the-hour.
My naturopath put me on a blend of liquid herbs (Ali's right, they're disgusting!), a high-potency Vitamin B supplement, and also did accupressure on me (like accupuncture, without the needles). It took a good four months before I started ovulating again, and another two months for my cycles to regulate.
May 28 2009, 02:19 PM
We're both seeing a herbalist at the moment before we do another transfer. The plan is to also try and get us to conceive naturally as I really don't want to do another round of IVF as I only have 2 embys left.
I'm at the point where I'm open to try anything
May 28 2009, 06:31 PM
I have heard lots of good things about acupuncture. My fertility clinic even offers it during IVF.
May 28 2009, 07:33 PM
I've had accupuncture often throughout our IVF cycles and inbetween each round as well.
While I've never actually solely used it to try to regulate my cycles it has always made me feel much better within my self from a health front. When we've used the accupuncture and herbal medications with our IVF cycles we have seen a vast improvement in my response to the medications.
I've always been of the belief that while we're seeking assistance with my fertility anything is worth a shot.
May 28 2009, 08:21 PM
thanks for the replies.... I Think that even if something can just help get me into a more positive mind frame that it has to be a good thing.
What is the cost of an average acupunture session...or consultation with a natropath?
May 29 2009, 08:16 AM
I am another one who has been having Accupuncure along with seeing a Naturopath.
I was having sessions when i was TTC and then also when i was on Clomid. It didn't seem to make any difference but i really enjoyed going for the relaxation as the other girls have said.
I also had a couple of sessions around Embryo Transfer when i did my IVF cycle and will do it again when i do my 2nd cycle next month. I pay $70 for an IVF Accupuncture session and $80 for a normal session. Not sure why they are different prices though.
I have been seeing my Naturopath for quite a while and have been on various Herbal medicine mixtures, these treatments never sorted my natural cycle out ( i have PCOS and don't O on my own)
In summary in think it is worth giving it a try and see how you feel. It is expensive and especially over many months. I have spend thousands to be honest on Natural Therapies
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May 29 2009, 08:17 AM
Last YEAR I aw an acupuncturist, I think each session was myabe $60 or so cannot remember the exact amount. I've seen a naturopath this year, I don't know what her fee was but I left with a $250 receipt thanks to the herbals meds. Interestingly the herbal meds were giving my migraines so I had to stop them.
I've recently hear of hypnotherapy. My friend is on another forum and a number of the girls on there have sworn by hypnotherapy to make them ovulate sooner and relax. I am really keen to give this a go. Acupuncture relaxed me a lot but I don't think my body was responding, certainly not for the 4 or so months I did it. I was going to do meditation to relax etc but I think hypnotheraphy might be better because it will take control a bit more which I think I need.
It's interesting the alternative therapies avaiable. I've seen a lot of literature about the benefits of acupuncture and how it increases IVF success rates but have not seen anything regarding the other methods.
May 29 2009, 09:44 AM
Frog I used to pay about $80 every time I went to see my naturopath, usually once a month. That was for a 15 minute consult, a 15 minute massage (she was also a massage therapist) including accupressure, and the herbs. HTH.
May 29 2009, 09:54 AM
I went to a natropath/acupuncturist and it cost $150 for the consult (iridology), herbs and acupuncture. I thought what he said was quite accurate in relation to my pcos and anxious personality
I was going to go back and have acupuncture once a week for an hour at $120 per session but I decided against it as I didn't feel comfortable with the man who did it. I also looked at quite a few places on the net and their prices were lower.
I'm not sure where abouts you live, but I know there is an acupuncture centre in Perth called the IVF support centre who are all about fertility whether its AC or not. Maybe there is something similar near you?
May 29 2009, 10:08 AM
About 2 months after our first mc I saw a Naturopath. She asked me to refrain from trying for 4 months while she was preparing my body for pregnancy. She led me to believe that if we didn't wait there would be a strong chance i would fall pregnant but i would most probably miscarry. We fell first cycle on the herbs then miscarried at 5 weeks
I went back to her 3 days after that and I felt the conversation went along the lines of "I told you so" which was very hard to hear. I couldn't bring myself to see her again after that converstation so I stopped. I haven't fallen since. I'm not sure if the 2 are related at all, but that's my experience of Naturopathy.
Now that we're seeing a FS and starting IVF in the next 2 months my FS doesn't want me to take any herbs from a Naturopath as he believes they are more powerful than we know, but aren't easily regulated.
May 29 2009, 10:30 AM
Fee, I wouldn't have waited the four months either. The natropath I saw said it was one or the other, the cycle regulating herbs or the cycle regulating drugs, as they don't work together.
I'm sorry the natropath said that to you, it wasn't your fault. Good luck with your fertility treatment. (Come and join us in the IVF support thread if you feel like you need some support
May 29 2009, 12:34 PM
Thank you AC. I've been thinking of joining that thread for a while but it all seems so surreal still, and I don't feel I should be there because for some stupid reason in my head I still feel like we're not meant to be in this position and it's just taking a little longer than usual. I feel like if I ignore what's happening then I don't have to deal with it
May 29 2009, 01:14 PM
I hope nobody minds me posting, but I saw an article in our local paper yesterday announcing that the University of Western Sydney is looking for women with fertility difficulties to undergo accupuncture sessions as part of a trial.
I googled it and found this link
I just thought someone might be interested.
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